Tearing, From the Series 'Crash', Paul McCarthy

Mustafa Horasan2009

İstanbul Museum of Modern Art

İstanbul Museum of Modern Art

Mustafa Horasan studied printmaking at the fine arts faculty of Marmara University and graduated in 1986. He currently lives and works in İstanbul.

Mustafa Horasan creates autobiographical images that are dialogues between the ‘present’ in which he is currently caught and his own personal history. They seem to intersect memory at right angles. He maps out the distorted organs, creature/human duality of transmogrified beings and frustrated or confined bodies, through the use of original anatomical and flexible forms. Horasan works with distinctive shapes, compositions, and colors, capturing the anger, unease, exaggeration and sarcasm contained within human bodies. His humorous and playful approach can unsettle our sense of reality. His series ‘Crash’ grew from his interpretation of images created by certain artists. In these two works entitled ‘From Paul McCarthy,’ Horasan draws on McCarthy’s work to depict tense scenes with elements of crudity, echoes of the subconscious, and extreme references to sexuality and the body. The anxiety of a person trying to remove a mask from his face by tearing it to pieces and the unparalleled discomfort of someone who transforms a cauldron into a toilet are some of the performances that McCarthy realized in confined spaces.

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  • Title: Tearing, From the Series 'Crash', Paul McCarthy
  • Date Created: 2009
  • Physical Dimensions: w170 x h200 cm (without frame)
  • Original Title: Yırtılma (Çarpışma serisi,Paul McCarthy ), 2009
  • Artist: Mustafa Horasan
  • Type: Painting
  • Rights: Dr. Nejat F. Eczacıbaşı Foundation Collection / Long Term Loan, İstanbul Museum of Modern Art
  • External Link: İstanbul Museum of Modern Art
  • Medium: Oil on canvas


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